Meet Matt Spahn

Matt Spahn is a Martin Pringle lifer.  He began working at Martin Pringle as a legal courier during high school, served as a summer clerk while a student at the University of Washburn School of Law, joined the firm upon graduation as an associate, and is now a partner with the firm.  Matt has earned the respect of both his clients and his peers with his trial advocacy, tireless work ethic, and attention to detail.  Matt focuses his practice on complex litigation matters, including civil and commercial litigation, medical malpractice and personal injury defense, products liability, and construction law.  Matt also consults with individuals and businesses on employment matters.

Civil and Commercial Litigation

Matt represents a wide-array of clients involved in complex civil and commercial matters.  Matt’s has experience in contractual disputes, insurance coverage questions, insurance defense, and commercial liability.  His clients include individuals, local businesses, and both insureds and insurers. 

Medical Malpractice Defense

For his entire career, Matt has represented healthcare providers in all stages of litigation.  An experienced trial attorney, his medical malpractice litigation experience includes a wide range of medical negligence claims, including significant personal injury and wrongful death claims.  Matt’s clients include physicians, nurses, hospitals, and nursing homes. 

Products Liability

Matt has extensive experience in product liability matters, defending products manufacturers from across the country.  His product liability experience includes representing aircraft manufacturers, component manufacturers, suppliers and distributors. Matt has litigated products liability claims brought throughout the United States. 

Construction Law

Matt has represented multiple parties in construction disputes, including construction companies, general contractors, subcontractors, homebuilders and homeowners. He handles a wide array of claims ranging from negligence to contract disputes to project delays.

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  • Washburn University School of Law, J.D., 2013
  • Kansas State University, B.B.A., 2010

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (2015)
  • Kansas, 2013

Notable Experience

  • Obtained summary judgment in a wrongful death action brought by a plaintiff claiming $3.5 million in damages.
  • Obtained defense verdict at trial for nursing home in a wrongful death action brought by a plaintiff claiming $1 million in damages.
  • Obtained dismissal of all claims for oil field company in a personal injury matter.
  • Obtained dismissal of all claims for nursing home in slip and fall case.
  • Obtained defense verdict at trial for two surgeons in a medical malpractice action brought by a plaintiff claiming over $3 million in damages.
  • Obtained summary judgement for oil company in coverage dispute with its insurance company.
  • Obtained dismissal of all claims brought against an insurer in a breach of contract claim where the plaintiff alleged that the insurer failed to give adequate notice that it was cancelling the plaintiff’s insurance policy.
  • Obtained dismissal of all claims brought against a physician in a medical malpractice action brought by a plaintiff claiming over $2.5 million in damages.
  • Obtained dismissal of all claims brought against an event promotor in a negligence action where the plaintiff alleged that the event promoter failed to provide adequate security and lighting. 
  • Obtained dismissal of all claims brought against a manufacturer in a products liability action brought by a plaintiff in Cook County, Illinois, where the plaintiff alleged that the manufacturer’s component made in Kansas and incorporated into a machine in Illinois injured the plaintiff.
  • Successfully defended an admitted liability auto accident case filed against a local business and its employees.  At trial, the jury found that the business and its employees were not liable for any of the plaintiff’s injuries.
  • Obtained dismissal of wrongful discharge claims brought by ex-employee of local manufacturer.
  • Represented student in breach of privacy lawsuit filed against a university.  The university settled the case before trial.
  • Represented a municipality in a dispute with multiple defendants involving the defendants’ overhaul of the municipality’s engine powering the municipal power generation facility.  The defendants settled with the municipality before trial.
  • Successfully defended local business owner accused of vehicular manslaughter resulting from an ATV accident, obtaining a not-guilty verdict at trial.
  • Represented manufacturer in a charge filed by an ex-employee with the National Labor Relations Board.
  • Represented a business co-owner on appeal following the trial court’s award of the company to the co-owner.  The trial court’s determination was affirmed by the Kansas Court of Appeals.

Professional Affiliations

  • DRI, Member
  • Kansas Association of Defense Counsel, Member
  • Kansas and Wichita Bar Associations, Member

Civic / Social Involvement

  • Young Professionals of Wichita, Member
  • Kansas State University Alumni Association, Member
  • The Wichita Catbackers Club, Member

Awards And Recognition

Kansas Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Best Lawyers in America, 2021
Wichita Business Journal Emerging Leader, 2017

Published Articles/Presentations

Martin Pringle Website. 2018. "Kansas Court of Appeals Confirms Inapplicability of Kansas Consumer Protection Act Claims Against Regulated Banks" News.

"Ex Parte Interview with Treating Physicians: A Promising Update," Kansas Association of Defense Counsel Journal (Fall 2017).

"Actions Speak Louder than Words: The Kansas Supreme Court Finds FedEx Drivers are Employees Not Independent Contractors." 

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